On 16, Feb 2013 | In Paint | By admin
I am pretty much done with my piece for the Wilde Abyss show! All that’s left really is to frame this bad boy and drop it off to the gallery. I am still trying to price it too. My least favorite part of the process by far.
Here’s the text that the painting was supposed to be inspired by from Milton’s Paradise Lost. I decided to represent the elements spoken of as women. sea, fire, air and shore.
Into this wilde Abyss,
The Womb of nature and perhaps her Grave,
Of neither Sea, nor Shore, nor Air, nor Fire,
But all these in their pregnant causes mixt
Confus’dly, and which thus must ever fight,
Unless th’ Almighty Maker them ordain
His dark materials to create more Worlds,
Into this wilde Abyss the warie fiend
Stood on the brink of Hell and look’d a while,
Pondering his Voyage; for no narrow frith
He had to cross.
— Book 2, lines 910–920
Pullman earlier proposed to name the series The Golden Compasses, also a reference to Paradise Lost,where they denote God’s circle-drawing instrument used to establish and set the bounds of all creation:
Then staid the fervid wheels, and in his hand
He took the golden compasses, prepared
In God’s eternal store, to circumscribe
This universe, and all created things:
One foot he centered, and the other turned
Round through the vast profundity obscure
— Book 7, lines 224–229
Listneing to: “Thunder Clatter” by Wild Cub